The Red Convertible By Louise Erdrich Essay

777 Words Oct 18th, 2016 4 Pages
"The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich, is a short story that depicts the relationship between two Native American brothers Lyman and Henry Junior. The story revolves around a red Oldsmobile convertible that they both purchased after Lyman received a large insurance check. It then continues to focus on the events of their lives up until the point where Lyman loses his brother. Erdrich uses first person narration for Lyman in the passage. I think it is very important to the reader because he is the only one who really knows what it was like to share those experiences with his brother and being there to watch him drown. It really helps the reader grasp the tone and mood of the passage rather than hearing it from someone who had no relationship with Henry Junior or the red convertible.
In the first paragraph Erdrich writes “his boots filled with water on a windy night and bought out my share.” This line is very important because it foreshadows the events to come involving the two brothers and their beloved red convertible. Another key point of this story is the red convertible itself. After reading the story the reader will discover that Erdrich uses the car as an analogy of the brother’s relationship. It represents their love and the bond between them. When henry and Lyman first buy the car they are young and full of youth. They go on the trip for the sake of spending time together and to enjoy themselves. When they return the car has been slightly abused and worn, but…

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